This is my first posting so please don't rip into if I screw it all up.
I purchased the 18 volt cordless saw several months ago. I've TRIED to use
it three times each time with a full charge, sharp blade and gotten
miserable results. This piece of crap won't even cut three inches of 3/4
plywood without coming to a complete overheated stop. The previous attempts
were on 2x material miserable results as well. This stinking piece of
CHEAP IMPORTED CRAP is right where it belongs. In several smashed up
chunks in the garbage can. I'll NEVER spend a dime of my $$ on Royobi crap
ever again! Oh reah after that tantrum I went and got my Bosch corded circ
saw and it went through the plywood like grain through a goose!
My question is are all Ryobi tools such dogs as the saw?
On Sat, 23 Oct 2004 20:03:25 +0000, T Cooper wrote:
I only mentioned it because it's happened to several folks here. I'm also
guilty of cussing at bad drill bit/hard wood until I realized the drill
was in reverse. Everyone is gonna have at least a few of these things
happen if they play this game for years.
"It has been a source of great pain to me to have met with so many among
[my] opponents who had not the liberality to distinguish between
I look at "most" Ryobi tools as strictly entry level. That said I have one
of the original portable planers and it is an AP10 Ryobi planer. I bought
it in 1988 and it is still going strong. There is not any thing else in the
Ryobi line that interests me now. IMHO battery operated tools are ok if
they are a DRILL. Give me one with a tail for all other operations.
Ryobi stuff is mostly junk, corded or not. I had a Ryobi made Craftsnam
Professional router that was junk.
Don't judge cordless tools because os a few bad names like Ryobi, I still
have my 9.6v makita cordless circular saw and have cut through many sheets
of ply with it. Cut all the 1/4" ply for the panels for my kitchen
cabinets, cut some 3/4" plywood for a booth style table/chairs, cut MDF for
a router table and even trimmed 3/4" treated plywood for my shed floor.
The stock blade wasn't very good but I found a good carbide tipped blade
for $20 and its been cutting just fine.
Oh, I dont judge because of Ryobi, I judge because they lack the power
compare to 110volts. I have used a battery operated PC and DeWalt circle
saw and a recip saw. I'll stick with the ones with a tail.
If you have no alternative to a battery operated saw, then I can see your
point for using a circle saw to cut all those panels. I prefer to use the
I can barely fit a 4x8 sheet of ply in my garage, no way I'm going to
balance it on my table saw. Sure a cordless saw/drill/whatever will be
faster but after trying it cutting the ply on the back of my truck I have
to hunt up 2 50' extension cords to reach and then drag them around the
sides of the truck bed and such. Its much easier to pop in a battery and
go make my cuts then put the battery in the charger when I'm done. I don't
have to unwrap and untangle cords then wrap them back up and it takes much
less work laying out a fence, I can clamp a thin scrap to the ply as a
fence for the cut where with my big corded saw I have to clamp a thick
strong fence and clamp it tight as the big saw if it hits a spot in the
wood can move the fence if its not tight. Even though the cordless cuts
slower I still get the job done faster since it takes less setup time. So
even though you may not prefer them doesn't mean they are bad, they have
plenty of uses and are sometimes even more handy even when a corded
alternative is available.
Its mostly a space issue for me, I have to put everything away before my
wife can pull her car in the shop. So it takes me time to pull the cords
in and out each time I want to cut something.
Your original post made it sound like you think cordless tools are worthless
for anything but drill and I'm just saying it depends on the person and
what you want to do with them. I find my cordless get used far more often
than my corded tools though a kitchen remodel including making my own
countertop and cabinets and table and chairs, bathroom remodel, vanity for
my wife, etc. The only corded tool that gets used more is my new PC
router, but I've been extremely tempted to buy their battery one as well so
I can leave the corded in the router table.
Nah, they are far from the best, but it should work OK when new I have the
14.4 volt saw and until the batteries started to die, it worked fairly well
for quick trimming or making long lengths manageable. The 18V would be even
Make sure the rotation is right and the blade was put on correctly, and if
that is not the problem, it should still be under warranty if it is new.
Ryobi is OK for the once a year homeowner, but not up to par beyond that.
The circular saws aren't very good in thick wood, but the key to
making them cut well is to "let go" of them; stop trying to steer
the cut like you do with a corded saw. They don't have the torque
to overcome the added drag on the blade. I learned this in the
first 10 minutes (both batteries' worth) of cutting attempts with
my 14.4v Ryobi, and once I did, it cut for a whole lot longer.
It's the same touch you use with a spoke shave or a woman: light
and knowing. ;)
"If the promise of the Declaration of Independence is ever to be fulfilled,
it will be the Libertarian Party which fulfills it. If the Constitution is
Um, no they work just fine in plywood, I've been using mine to cut ply for a
few years now. I cut all my ply on the back of my truck then carry in
inside where I finish it. My little truck is my biggest workbench.
Ryobi is not the top of the line hardware. Also, the corded saws have
superior power. However I have had good service from the 18V Ryobi saw
for three years. Clearly there is something wrong with the experience
you cite. Given your tendency to go into a tantrum I would suggest that
you avoid all power tools.
I can relate to where you are coming from. I had about the same luck with my
Ryobi circular saw also. The recip cordless saw isn't much better. Got smart
and got rid of all the Ryobi's I had and bought a set of Milwaukee 18v tools
and wish I had done it initially. I can't believe the performance from the
Milwaukee tools. Too bad though they just got bought out by the same company
that owns Royobi. I think I am going to shop for some more big red tools
before they go the same way as Ryobi.
The two Ryobi tools I own: the BE321 Belt Sander and the OSS500 Oscillating
Spinder sander are fine.
By the way - I took a chance on a lil' 14.4V Cordless Skil saw from the
Mart. Thing's amazing!
I can rip up 3/4" ply and 4/4" oak for a *long* time on a single charge.
Best $20 "Lotto ticket" I ever bought.
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